5 Powerful Essential Oils for Treating Seasonal Depression

The Holiday Season is supposed to be all about joy & good cheer.  For many, however, Christmas falls right smack in the middle of a time where the days are short & seasonal depression is hitting its hardest.  

Seasonal depression, or Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), is typically a depression that sets in as the day days begin to shorten in Autumn.  The symptoms of depression generally worsen as fall fades into winter & sunlight is scarce.  For many, Seasonal Affective Disorder continues right into Spring.  

Essential Oils & Aromatherapy can help treat SAD.

Treating Seasonal Affective Disorder With Aromatherapy

There are a number of Essential Oils that will help to lift your spirits & boost your mood.  The following three oils are particularly useful for treating Seasonal Depression.  Try diffusing these oils in your home or make a room spray by combining 20-30 drops of pure Essential Oil with 100ml or water in a spray bottle.

Spruce Essential Oil

This woody top note is steam distilled from the needles & twigs of the Spruce tree indigenous to Canada.  It is an uplifting oil that can be used to combat the winter blues.  You can also add a few drops of Spruce Essential Oil to a warm bath water to help ease achy muscles.  

Frankincense Essential Oils

This relaxing base note it steam distilled from the resin found inside the Frankincense bush.  It has a subtle woody scent with just a hint of Citrus.  It is a very calming oil which can be used for relaxation & of Season Affective Disorder.

Fragonia Essential Oil

Fragonia Essential Oil is a fresh smelling herb indigenous to Australia. It is a camphoraceous top note with a slight floral scent to it. Fragonia Essential Oil is a very effective antidepressant & can be diffused through your home to invoke feelings of relaxation & depending Calm.

Bergamot Essential Oil

Bergamot Essential Oil is one of our favourite oils when it comes to elevating your mood, especially if you're struggling with seasonal affective disorder. The fresh, citrusy scent of bergamot adds a bit of sunshine in an otherwise gloomy season filled with clouds, snow, cool temperatures & early sunsets.

Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender Essential Oil is one that we talk about a lot. This versatile Essential Oil has so many uses! As we like to say, if you're only ever going to use one Essential Oil, make it Lavender. When it comes to treating seasonal affective disorder, Lavender is especially effective because it not only adds a little bit of a pick-me-up to your day, it also calms nerves & anxiety. Lavender can be used in your Ultrasonic Aromatherapy Diffuser. It is also gentle enough to be applied directly to your skin. Try applying a few drops of Lavender Essential Oil to the soles of your feet so that it can be absorbed by your body as you go about your day.

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